Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Thoughts of the month

I don't have many thoughts this month, because I'm reaching the end of my pregnancy so have been really tired. Added to that, Chai has decided he no longer needs a daytime nap, so I don't get any rest during the day.

1. It's rather too late, but I am seriously starting to wonder what we were thinking when we decided to have a second child. Actually, I know what we were thinking, we were thinking about Chai having a sibling, however when we got pregnant Tiger didn't work away. I am really not looking forward to solo parenting a newborn and an active toddler. 

2. I've been reading Jessica Alba's book The Honest Life. Initially I thought it'd be a bit wanky but it's a really good book.

3. Country people are so different from city people. Even though we live in a city, it's still a country town and the people are so much more relaxed and friendly.

4. I've realised that I don't have any tv shows I love to watch. There are a few shows I watch every now and again, but nothing that I watch every week and miss if I don't get to watch it. This needs to be remedied so if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

5. I really miss reading and would love to start reading again, but I don't think it's going to happen any time soon.

6. Of course last week was all about the royal baby. I felt so sorry for Kate, I can't imagine what it'd be like having such scrutiny surrounding the birth of a baby, let alone your first baby. And then having to leave hospital less than 24 hours later with the whole world watching. Poor girl. How she managed to emerge from hospital looking like that is beyond me, no amount of hair and make-up could have made me look like that a day after giving birth to Chai.

7. The fact that the media is now talking about her weight loss plan disgusts me. OK Magazine, you should be ashamed of yourself.

8. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love winter. It's been very wet lately and I love it.

9. I am itching to place an order with Cult Beauty. They have so many amazing brands and products. So far I've managed to stay strong.

10. Who knew I could come up with so many random, irrelevant thoughts. I'm pretty pleased with this.

Monday, 29 July 2013

July Favourites

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Dusk Mood Diffuser - I had a cheap $20 diffuser that I bought from Target about a year ago, it lasted 2 months then died. I've thought about buying another one for ages but was so unimpressed with the Target one that I didn't bother. For some reason (I blame pregnancy), I got the urge to have a nice smelling house so went and spent $90.00 on a Dusk one and it's bloody amazing. My Target one would only run for about 45 minutes before it ran out of water, so it was pretty useless. The Dusk version runs for over 8 hours!

1 Skin Solution Almond Biscotti Lip Butter - I've always loved my 1 Skin Solution Lip Butters, but have fallen in love with Almond Biscotti lately. When I placed an order for goodies to go in my hospital bag Raylene sent me the reformulated lip butters, telling me they were better than the original version. I didn't see how that could be possible but she was right (of course), the reformulated version is amazing. They are so smooth and creamy. Almond Biscotti is a gorgeous, nude colour with a heavenly taste, I've been wearing it constantly since I got it. 
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Audra James Nipple Balm - I regularly get dry, flaky patches on my eyes that hang around for weeks and just won't go away. I got them a few weeks ago and as usual nothing was getting rid of them so when my nipple balm arrived I put a bit of it on the dry patches. Within two days they were totally gone. Magic. 
Swisspers Spa Face Wipes - I've been super lazy and using face wipes to remove my make-up. My all time favourite wipes are WotNot, however the Swisspers Spa wipes are nearly as good as the WotNot wipes and as an added bonus they are coloured, which makes them way cooler. The first packet I had was pink and the ones I'm using now are yellow. That makes me like them so much more. 
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Weleda Skin Food - My winter skin loves this, it's so hydrating and can be used all over. I've been using this as a night cream and dry spot treatment. 

Designer Brands Raspberry lip pencil and Maybelline Juciy Bubblegum lipstick - I love this lip combo, it's a beautiful pink that's not too bright so appropriate to wear during the day and brighten my face making me look alive when I feel totally exhausted. Case in point, in the photo below I was totally exhausted.

Friday, 26 July 2013

FFS Friday - The tired edition

This week is all about Chai, so if you don't like hearing about the antics of two year olds, come back next week :)

With impeccable timing Chai decided that as of last Friday he no longer requires a sleep during the day. FFS.

Naturally he decided this when I'm at my most tired and I desperately need him to sleep during the day so that I can. FFS.

Chai has a thing for being naked at the moment. This doesn't overly worry me, however we are in the middle of winter and it's often 15 degrees in the house when he's running around naked. FFS.

I find him naked at least three times a day. FFS.

The little monkey is so fast, I'll go to the toilet then hear him saying "Oh no" and come out to find him proudly standing there totally naked. FFS.

Every time he's naked he wees on the floor. Naturally he doesn't wee on the tiles, it's always on the carpet. FFS. 

Saturday I'd fallen asleep on the couch only to be woken by Chai's naked bum sitting on my face. FFS.

When he's done something he knows I won't like or he shouldn't have done (such as wee on the floor, make a huge mess etc), he'll say "Ohhh bubba" and point out what he's done. FFS.

Through Chai copying me I'm learning the phrases that I say all the time. FFS.

My most commonly used words/sayings are: okay, honey, ohhh bubba, oh no, oh okay, alright and yes please.

Monday morning Chai decided that 4.39am was a good time to start the day. FFS.

I convinced him that wasn't a good idea so he went back to sleep and woke up again at 5.59am. FFS.

That morning he wanted yoghurt for breakfast. I thought I'd be clever and give it to him before our shower so that he wouldn't get it all over his clothes. He ate half the pot of yoghurt and then had enough, so I tidied it all up and we had our shower. After we got out of the shower he refused to let me dress him (as usual) and then decided he wanted to eat the rest of his yoghurt. FFS.

I sat him on a blanket and put a tea towel over his lap and let him go for it. Unsurprisingly he ended up with yoghurt everywhere. FFS.

How he managed to get it all the places he got it is beyond me. It was embedded in his belly button, all over his boy bits and in his ear. The whole top half of his body was covered in yoghurt, as was the floor, the carpet and the lounge chair. FFS.

So he got another wash with a wet cloth. FFS.

Thankfully I hadn't dressed him. Not FFS.

Once again I'm forgetting to change Chai's nappy. Monday we went through three pairs of pants because I forgot to change him and he soaked through his nappy. FFS.

I've managed to remember to change his nappy for the rest of the week, in fact I've gone too far the other way and try to change his nappy every hour, forgetting that I've already changed it. FFS.

Wednesday he did three poo's and got a really bad nappy rash. The poor little man. It was so bad that he was crying. I'm not sure why it gave him such bad nappy rash as I changed him as soon as he'd done the poo, maybe it was really acidic or something. FFS.

Thankfully I'd restocked my beloved Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream the week before and that did the trick. Not FFS.

Due to sheer exhaustion I've started doing something I never wanted to do. FFS.

I've been letting Chai watch tv for hours. FFS.

I usually limit the amount of tv he watches as I'd rather him play, read books etc but I've been too tired to keep him amused all day so I've been letting him watch tv. FFS.

I console myself with the thought that it's only temporary. FFS.

Tuesday night Tiger nearly sent the police to our house. FFS.

Thankfully I got to him before he managed to. Not FFS.

As usual I was really tired so I sent him a message telling him I was going to go to bed when Chai did. He called me and before he hung up I told him I was going to bed and he asked me to text him if I did. I told him I was going to bed straight away. As I was settling Chai I heard the phone vibrating and knew it was Tiger calling but I didn't bother answering as Chai was nearly asleep and I wanted to go to sleep. A few hours later I woke up to hear my phone vibrating and when I checked it I had 4 missed calls and 2 messages from Tiger wanting to know that I was okay. FFS.

I sent him a very terse message letting him know that I'd gone to bed just like I'd said I was going to and that he'd woken me up. FFS.

When I spoke to him the next morning he confirmed that he'd been planning to send someone over to check that I was okay. FFS.

He's such a worrier. FFS.

It's lucky he didn't send anyone over because there is no way I'd answer the door at that hour of the night. FFS.

I'm sure I have more things to complain about however I'm too tired to remember them, so that's it for this week. 

I hope everyone has had a great week! 

Now that you've read my whinges, head over to Sarah's blog and see what everyone else is complaining about. 

Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Winter Skin Saviours

I love winter but my skin doesn't, it gets so dry and uncomfortable. Added to that, when it's cold I get lazy with my skin care routine as I want to get dressed as soon as I get out of the shower. Thankfully the house we are in at the moment has those heated lights in the bathroom so I can keep warm whilst looking after my skin. 

There are a few products that I turn to every winter and I thought I'd share them with you all. These are all tried and tested products that I've been using for years now.

Lanolips Rose Hand Cream - Aside from the lovely rose scent, this is the most hydrating hand cream I've ever used. It's ideal for dry winter hands. I apply a thick layer at night, put on cotton gloves and wake up with lovely soft hands. Another way I like to use it is to apply a thick layer before doing the dishes. I put cotton gloves over the top then rubber gloves and by the time I've finished doing the dishes the cream has absorbed and my hands are feeling wonderful.

Body Oil layered underneath moisturiser - When my skin is really dry I'll use a body oil in the shower and then layer moisturiser over the top when I get out of the shower. I only need to do this a couple of times to transform my skin from super dry to super soft.

Body Butter - Body butters are perfect in the cold weather. My favourite are The Body Shop body butters but there are plenty of other great body butters available. If you want something a little indulgent In Essence and MOR make beautiful body butters.

Carmex - Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I can't survive without lip balm. The one balm that I've been using the longest is Carmex. It's an amazing product and one I recommend to everyone. It heals dry, chapped lips almost instantly and is a little pot of magic.

Clarins HydraQuench Day Cream - I have no idea why I haven't written about this before because it's one of my all time favourite moisturisers. I use the oily skin version in summer and the dry skin version in winter. On initial application HydraQuench feels very rich and hydrating, however within a few minutes it has sunk in and my skin feels comfortable but not at all oily. When I use this I have soft, smooth, hydrated skin, even after being in air conditioning all day.

Facial Oil - Facial oils are perfect in winter. I use them like a serum, layered under moisturiser. There are plenty of great ones out there but for something reasonably priced and easy to get hold of you can't go past rosehip or jojoba oil.

Weleda Skin Food - If you only want to buy one moisturiser for winter, this is the one. It is very hydrating and can be used all over the body including the face. I always have a tube of this on hand and use it on dry patches, elbows, hands, face and even my hair. You can't go wrong with this!

Monday, 22 July 2013

A'kin Lavender Body Wash

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I've had mixed luck with A'kin in the past so when I was sent this as part of a pregnancy gift I wasn't expecting a lot. I had it in my shower but wasn't using it much until Audra told me that lavender was said to be a morning sickness cure. I'd never heard of that before but I was willing to give anything a go! I'm very glad I did give this a go because not only did it help to ease my morning sickness it is also a lovely shower gel that I'll definitely be purchasing. 

This is quite a thick, hydrating shower gel, which I like, as it makes it easier to use than runny shower gels. It also means that I can easily use this with my hands no days when I can't be bothered using a sponge or loofah.

I found my Lavender Body Wash to be hydrating and not at all drying, so perfect for my pregnant belly. When I'm pregnant I find that if I use anything too harsh on my belly it gets really dry and itchy, but I didn't have that problem with this shower gel. 

A 500ml pump top bottle of Lavender Body Wash costs $22.95 and can be purchased from Echolife or health food stores.

Ingredients: aqua, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sorbitol, lavender oil, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, glycerin, citric acid, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, glyceryl laurate, sodium gluconate, sodium citrate, disodium ccoamphodiacetate, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, lauryl glucoside, linalool.

Friday, 19 July 2013

FFS Friday - Keeping my legs crossed!

How is it already Friday? I'm confused this week, Tiger left for work a day earlier than normal, so you'd think I'd be a day ahead of myself but for some reason I keep on thinking it's Wednesday. I blame pregnancy.

Speaking of pregnancy, I can no longer deny that I'm waddling. FFS.

As I am a lady who definitely does not wadde, I like to call it Pregnancy Swagger. 

Chai has a thing for taking his nappy off at the moment. FFS.

He'll take off his pants, take off his nappy, race around to show me that he's got no pants on (saying "oh no" the whole time), then run into his room, get a pair of shorts and put them on. FFS.

Then he stands in front of the mirror admiring himself in his shorts with no nappy on. Clearly he gets his vanity from his father. FFS.

I was hoping this might be him showing he's ready for toilet training (we've been talking about it a lot), however so far every time he's had his shorts on we've ended up with wee all over the floor. FFS.

9.30pm last Thursday night there was a knock on the door. It was the Police looking for the owner of the house. They didn't believe that he doesn't live here, so I showed them our lease agreement. Interesting.

Friday morning I was feeling like crap (coming down with a cold). Tiger was on the phone, when he noticed that Chai was taking his nappy off. FFS.

I went over there and realised that he'd done a poo. FFS.

There was poo everywhere. FFS.

All down his legs, on the carpet etc. FFS.

Tiger had to get off the phone so that we could clean Chai up. FFS.

As Tiger was putting on a clean nappy he broke the tab off it. FFS.

I'd forgotten to buy new nappies so we were down to our last one. FFS.

Chai has discovered a great way to divert attention when something is happening that he doesn't like or doesn't want to do. FFS.

He knows that anytime he asks for a cuddle he gets one straight away, so if he doesn't want to do something he'll say "cud cul Mumma" then give me a big cuddle and hope that I forget I was going to change his nappy, put him to bed etc. FFS.

When that doesn't work he'll then ask Daddy for a cuddle and every time Tiger tries to put him down he'll say "No! Cud cul Dadda!" FFS.

It's becoming apparent that either the owners of this house are lying about their situation or the estate agent is. FFS.

They offered to let us out of our lease and pay some of our moving expenses, if we moved in 2 days. FFS.

Talk about being totally unrealistic. FFS.

Expecting anyone to find a place and move within 2 days is ridiculous, let alone someone who is 8 months pregnant with a toddler and fifo husband. What a joke. FFS.

And if you are going to expect someone to do that, you don't pay some of their expenses, you pay all of them! FFS. 

The estate agent has told us that if they don't sell the house the bank will, however the guy selling the house has gone away for two weeks and said he'll speak to us in three weeks time. Sure. So the house is about to get repossessed and he's not going to show anyone through for at least three weeks. 

Monday last week another guy from the estate agency called and left a message saying he had some "keen buyers" who really wanted to look at the house. FFS.

Tiger called him back 1/2 an hour later but he wasn't in the office so Tiger left a message. He still hasn't returned our call. Shows how keen the buyers are. FFS.

Last week Tiger bought a new computer. FFS.

It cost $1,300. FFS.

Originally he'd gotten rid of his laptop because it was too big and he bought a tablet as it could do everything that he needed. He's now decided that he wants to be able to watch movies whilst he's on the plane and he can't do that with his tablet, so now he needs a laptop. FFS.

Naturally he can't just get a normal laptop, he has to get one of those fancy ones that can be a tablet or a laptop. FFS.

Of course they cost twice as much as a normal laptop. FFS.

It runs on Windows 8 which neither of us have any idea how to use, yet he expects me to know how to do everything on it. I can't even find the bloody start menu. FFS.

The stupid laptop doesn't even have a cd drive. FFS.

$1,300 and you can't even put a cd or dvd into it. FFS.

Bloody waste of money that we really can't afford. FFS.

So now he is taking both his tablet and his stupid computer on the plane with him because he can't use the computer so uses the tablet all the time. FFS.

Should have just kept his laptop. FFS.

Or bought a cheap, portable dvd player. FFS.

Speaking of Tiger wasting money, he also bought a new mobile phone. FFS.

We replaced our phones a few months ago and got the Samsung Galaxy S4. Tiger dropped his and the screen smashed. FFS.

I ordered a replacement screen so that the phone could be fixed the day after he got home, however the screens were on back order so didn't arrive for a week. FFS.

This leads me to believe that the screens break very easily. FFS. 

It cost $310 to replace the screen. FFS.

Tiger decided that as the phone had been damaged it wasn't the same as a new one and he didn't want it anymore. FFS.

So he bought a new phone identical to the one that he already had and is now trying to sell the one that he dropped. FFS.

What a ridiculous waste of money. FFS.

He tried to convince me that by selling his and buying a new one he was actually saving money. Sure. FFS.

He forgets that he hasn't managed to sell the phone yet. So far it's cost us over $1,000. FFS.

Every time that Tiger comes home he forgets to turn his alarm off. FFS.

This means that the we get woken up at 5am and then neither Chai or I can get back to sleep. FFS.

You'd think that after the first morning he'd turn his alarm off, but he doesn't so we get woken up the next morning too. FFS.

As if that's not bad enough, BIL has been really homesick at the moment so calling all the time. FFS.

His favourite time to call is 6.20am. FFS.

When he doesn't call at 6.20am he calls after 7pm and expects to speak to Chai. FFS.

When he can't talk to Chai he gets upset and says we are keeping his nephew away from him. FFS.

It hasn't occurred to him that he did that himself by moving to the other side of the country. FFS.

The Dr has told me that the baby can come anytime now and it won't be a problem. Maybe not for him, but it'll be a huge problem for me as Tiger won't be home for another week and a half. FFS.

I've been having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions and the midwife said if they last for 40 seconds and are 5 minutes apart I need to call the hospital cause it could be the start of labour. FFS.

I had contractions all day Thursday. FFS.

They were lasting for 60 seconds but were more than 5 minutes apart. FFS.

Just in case, I rang Mum and asked her to have a bag packed so naturally she went into worried mother mode and started tracking my movements. FFS.

A few hours later she sent me a text message asking if everything was okay as I wasn't at home. I text back and told her everything was okay and I was at home. FFS.

If everything wasn't okay I would have told her as I need her to look after Chai! FFS.

I am going to spend the next week and a half doing everything I can to prevent labour. Unfortunately I have no idea how to do that as all the info on google is about how to bring on labour. FFS.

Can everyone please keep their fingers, toes and everything else crossed that I don't go into labour until Tiger is home!

Now that you've read about my weekly antics, head over to Sarah's blog and see what everyone else has been up to this week.
Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wishlist Wednesday

A Wet n Wild palette - I see these on blogs all the time, they get so many raves and are so pretty. 
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NYX Butter Gloss - The last thing I need is a new lip gloss, especially considering I rarely wear lip gloss these days, but these are flavoured and that gets me every time!
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Glasshouse Tahaa hand cream and soap - Tahaa is my favourite candle scent and they've now bought out other products in the range. I looked for them last time we were in Perth but they weren't available yet. 
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Neal's Yard Remedies - All of the products look and sound amazing, however I'm particularly lusting after the Rose range. I love anything that's rose scented and I'm sure these products would be lovely.
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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + - This is the new formula just released. I don't like the original formula, but the new formula contains hyaluronic acid, urea and glycerin, so I'm really interested to try it and see what it's like. It's very reasonably priced, only $29 for 50ml or $49 for 125ml.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Kora Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm

Kora says: The ultimate lip balm for smooth, soft, moist lips. The highest quality jojoba, avocado, rosehip and nutrient rich extracts have been organically flavoured to taste and feel simply sublime. Our vitamin enhanced formula contains vitamin c and e to soothe and smooth and renew even the driest of chapped lips leaving them soft and kissable. 
I've been interested in Kora Organics products for ages but as yet I've only tried the lip balm. I'm sure you are all surprised by this!

I paid $24.95 for a 6.5ml pot from Chemmart Chemist. You can also purchase Kora products at Terry White Chemists, David Jones and online.
Whilst this is a nice lip balm it's not one that I'll purchase again. It does a great job of keeping my lips hydrated, it smells nice, has no flavour and is a good balm, but there is nothing about it that makes it worth the $24.95 price tag. In my opinion Sukin's Nourishing Lip Treatment is a much nicer balm and it only costs $8.95. Added to that, the Kora balm comes in a pot and I find potted balms so much more inconvenient, they don't fit easily in a pocket so are the type of balms that I'll only use at home.

What I do love is that 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 88.8% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. This balm has also been Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available here.

Ingredients: castor oil, beeswax, castor isostearate beeswax succinate, jojoba oil, coconut oil, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan palmitate, sorbitan olivate, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (soybean derived natural  natural vitamin e), avocado oil, rosehip oil, lime oil, vitamin c, acerola cherry powder, maltodextrin, noni fruit, limonene.

Australian made and owned. No sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, t.e.a, d.e.a, glycols, silicones, pegs, ethoxylate and formaldehyde free.

Friday, 12 July 2013

FFS Friday - Karen takes over

Today's FFS Friday is courtesy of my beautiful friend Karen. I have plenty to whinge about this week but can't be bothered writing it all down, so it will have to wait till next week.

Over to Karen.

Last week I was in the supermarket when a delightful little person slammed a trolley into the back of my feet. FFS! 

The Mother, of said little person, didn't even notice he had done it. FFS! 

Why on earth would any person let a 3 year old control a trolley in a supermarket? FFS! 

I checked my feet to find a big gash out of my left foot. FFS! 

I am a Diabetic, meaning it's crucially important to look after my hands and feet and avoid cuts due to the risk of infection. FFS! 

The following morning I had puss oozing out of the cut on my foot. FFS!

I spent ninety dollars on an appointment with my G.P. FFS! 

He told me I had an infection in my foot! FFS! 

He also told me I should take better care of my feet and avoid cuts of any kind because I am a high risk for infection because I am Diabetic. FFS! 

He gave me a prescription for antibiotics. FFS! 

On the way to the Pharmacy I realised that the script he had given me was for a type of antibiotic I am not allowed to take. FFS! 

I phoned the Doctor's surgery to inform them of the mistake only to be told my Doctor had left for the day and wouldn't be in the day after either. FFS! 

Three days later I got the appropriate medication. Not FFS! 

My foot was already healing without it after having used good old salty water to bathe my foot. Again Not FFS! 

My last point meant that going to the Doctor and the entire above mentioned debacle was a complete waste of time and money. FFS!

I went out for dinner this week. It was horrendous. FFS! 

This place is one of my favourite places to eat in Hobart. I go there often and have never had a bad experience before. This time I got bad food, bad service and my fellow diners were the most uncivilised pack of Neanderthals I've encountered this year! FFS! 

It took two hours for my entree to arrive after ordering. FFS! 

When the entree arrived it was cold. FFS! 

By this time I was almost entering a Diabetic coma because my blood sugars were so low. FFS! 

We had to leave the restaurant to get fast access to food to prevent a Diabetic coma. FFS! 

The restaurant made us pay for the bad entrees we had received and for the mains we never received. FFS! 

We won't ever be going back there again! FFS!

I have two 3 year old Maltese Dogs. They are the great loves of my life. Not FFS! 

The little girl Molly is a total diva in every sense of the word. She is tiny and extremely spoiled. This week she decided she was going on a bowel motion strike. FFS! 

She will not EVER do her business within our yard. I have to walk her around the neighbourhood toting doggy waste bags for her to do her business on someone else's lawn. FFS! 

Our neighbours are extremely fastidious about the presentation of their properties. FFS! 

They do not appreciate dogs doing their business on their nature strips, even if I do pick it up. FFS! 

After 5 entire days walking tiny Molly for what seemed like miles in the freezing thick frost there was still no bowel motion. FFS! 

In a mild panic that Molly was going to suffer a bowel obstruction I made an emergency appointment with the vet. FFS! 

I travelled 80 kilometres to my vet with Molly. FFS! 

We pull up at the vet and I get her out and walk her to a small patch of lawn to do "wee wee". Molly decided at this very moment to dispose of her business she'd been holding onto for 5 days. FFS! 

Upon seeing the vet he told me the problem was obviously now resolved but that's an $80 consultation fee thank you very much. FFS!

My Cousin has been going through a really rough time recently. FFS! 

She said she would never have made it through such a difficult time without my love and support. Not FFS! 

She bought my Diabetic self a thank you gift for having been so amazing, 12 macaroons and a big box of chocolates. FFS!

The local vagrants have taken a shine to me. FFS! 

It seems they think I'm a walking ATM. FFS! 

They chase me around the city asking for "spare change". FFS! 

After handing over $5 a vagrant decided to ask me for $20 more so he can get accommodation for the week. FFS! 

Not taking my refusal for $20 more well he then asks me for my Chanel sunglasses so he can "hock" them to get money for accommodation for the week. FFS!

My name is Karen and I'm a shopaholic. FFS! 

I'm a beauty junkie who has more junk than any one person could use in several lifetimes. FFS! 

I am currently attempting to save money for a European Holiday later in the year. Not FFS! 

I am failing dismally. FFS!

I am addicted to You Tube beauty videos. Those Beauty Gurus who get sponsored to promote products are not good for my bank balance. FFS! 

Because I have decided to boycott buying things that Beauty Gurus promote I decided to order myself a new bottle of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Tocca Cleopatra and Stella Perfumes and some Soap and Glory products from Mecca Maxima. FFS!

 What? I said I was Boycotting things Beauty Gurus are promoting, I haven't heard any promote those products recently. FFS! 

My Mecca Maxima order was $469. FFS!

My neighbour keeps lighting fires in their back yard. FFS! 

They don't do the neighbourly thing and  let us know they will be lighting fires to burn excess garden waste. FFS! 

I always have washing on the line when they light their fires. FFS! The washing always ends up stinking to high heaven of smoke. FFS! 

I always have to redo my washing. FFS! 

They didn't find it amusing when I launched my 7 year old God Son up a ladder with the hose to extinguish their fire. FFS! I thought it was hilarious. They think I'm the Devil. FFS! 

I think they're Neanderthals.

The above mentioned neighbours have about ten dogs. I love Dogs. However they let their four legged friends run riot and I have had to rescue them many times from being hit by cars. FFS! 

The dogs feel it is their duty to poop all over my driveway. FFS! 

The neighbours never ever clean it up. FFS! 

Naturally the only option I have is to scoop the poop onto a shovel and launch it back over the hedge into the neighbours yard. FFS!

The neighbours sent their little girl over with a dozen eggs. I thought they were making peace with me. Not FFS! The little girl charged me $10 FFS! 

 I felt bad so gave her the $10. I opened the eggs and they were covered in chicken poop. FFS! 

I've decided to dob the neighbours in to the local council for having too many dogs on the premises!

If you have made it this far, well done! Clearly I am a bitter twisted thirty five year old with too much time on her hands. That's my whinge for the week. Let me know in the comments if you want to move in next door to me.

Anissa = I'd move in next door to you any day Karen (mainly so I could raid your make-up and perfume stash, hehe).

Dear Baby G

Monday, 8 July 2013

What I Do in the Shower

If you were hoping I'd say something rude, sorry. However, in the interests of saving time, there are a few things that I do whilst I'm in the shower to make sure they get done and because if I don't do them in the shower often I don't do them at all. 

Lip scrub - I'm using a Morgan Annie one at the moment. It's latte flavoured so smells and tastes amazing. As an added bonus it keeps my lips soft and smooth (as you would expect from a lip scrub).

Face mask - I very rarely use face masks out of the shower. I have good intentions but it never happens. When I get the time to relax the last thing I want to do is put on a face mask, I usually want to sleep, which is why doing my face mask in the shower is such a great idea.

Hair treatment - You know how most hair treatments say to leave them on for 15 minutes? I never do that. I put the hair mask on, shave my legs and pitts, wash my face then take it off again. No more than five minutes. Gone are the days when I have the time to spend 15 minutes or more with a hair mask on. If my hair is in dire need of deep conditioning I'll put a mask on and leave it overnight, then wash it out in the morning. If you are going to try that, make sure to put a hand towel over your pillow so it doesn't get all greasy. 

Intense body scrub - Before I start the shower I'll scrub my whole body then turn on the shower and wash it all off. Using a scub on dry skin intensifies the effect, so if you have sensitive skin it's probably best to add a little bit of water. 

Moisturising - When I'm in a real hurry I'll apply a body oil whilst I'm in the shower (after I've used a body wash), lightly rinse it off and then pat myself dry. Doing this means that I don't have to put on body lotion after I get out of the shower. 


Friday, 5 July 2013

FFS Friday - On the move again?

Last week was a struggle. Chai wasn't sleeping well so I was super tired and by the end of the week I was exhausted. FFS.

Friday night we were Skyping Tiger when I realised that Chai had soaked through his nappy and his pants were all wet. FFS.

I'd only changed his nappy two hours previously. FFS.

I stripped him off and started running his bath, when I got a sudden, overwhelming urge to go to the toilet. FFS.

(We were still talking to Tiger on Skype the whole time).

I put the computer in the laundry so that Chai could chat to Tiger whilst I was on the loo. Chai was playing in the laundry when he decided to do a wee down the drain. FFS.

I was on the loo so couldn't stop him. FFS.

As you can imagine, wee went everywhere. FFS.

Being the helpful little man that he is, he decided to get the vacuum out to clean up the wee. FFS.

I managed to talk him out of this, so instead he got the mop. When I finally got off the toilet he was in the lounge room swinging the mop around. FFS.

Thankfully he didn't hurt himself or anything else whilst he was performing his ninja moves with the mop. Not FFS.

I'd been having a lot of trouble getting Chai to sleep last week and Friday night was no exception. I finally got him to sleep then went off to do all the exciting things that I do once he's asleep (tidy the kitchen, put the dishwasher on, tidy up all of his toys and any other mess he's made, put the washing away, do the dishes, get ready for bed, pay bills, you know, all that fun stuff). I'd only been out of the room for half an hour when he woke up again. FFS.

Speaking of mess that Chai makes, here is a great example of what he can do in a few hours. Who am I kidding, he can do this in less than ten minutes. FFS.
What you can't see in this picture is that he's also used his texta to draw all over the lounge suite. FFS.

Saturday Chai decided that he didn't need a daytime sleep. FFS.

Unsurprisingly, this was one of the days where I had been planning on having a sleep when he did as I was exhausted. FFS.

By 6pm that night he was so tired he was hyperactive. FFS.

After he has his bath he likes to jump naked on his bed. Whilst he was nudey jumping he looked like he needed to do a wee, however I couldn't get him to stay still long enough to put on a nappy so I told him he'd need to let me know if he had to do a wee. He didn't. FFS.

He wee'd all over the bed. FFS.

We only have one sheet for his bed, plus the mattress protector was wet, so we had to sleep in the spare room Saturday night. FFS.

Sunday morning I was counting down the days until Tiger came home and hoping that we'd have a good day. Chai and I were at the bench eating breakfast when he spilled his apple juice. FFS.

It went all through his toy box. FFS.

I had a whole pile of wet, sticky toys to wash. FFS.

And I'd just finished washing a full load of towels and rags. FFS.

I cleaned that up and we had a good morning. Not FFS.

I've now reached the clumsy stage of pregnancy and I'm dropping everything. As I was making lunch, I dropped a full bottle of olive oil in the pantry. FFS.

Glass and olive oil went all through the kitchen. FFS.

Chai was standing in the kitchen but luckily he didn't get cut. I quickly put him on the bench so that I could clean up without him helping. Not FFS.

Trying to pick glass out of the olive oil mess was a disaster, so I swept it all up with the dustpan and brush and then put the whole lot, dustpan and all, in the bin. FFS. 

Thankfully I put a photo of the mess on Instagram and my clever friend Maya told me to use salt to absorb the oil. It worked a treat. Not FFS.

Unfortunately I didn't see this advice until after I'd used three towels, mopped twice and vacuumed three times to clean up the oil and glass. FFS.

The floor is now all smooth and salty, despite me vacuuming and mopping the salt up three times. FFS.

Meanwhile, Chai was happily sitting on the bench, destroying the food I'd gotten out for lunch. By the time I finished cleaning he'd half eaten two apples, peeled and eaten a chunk out of a banana, peeled open some cheese but not eaten any of it, covered everything in a generous layer of salt and started throwing everything off the bench onto the floor. FFS.

By that time I was totally exhausted and having lots of contractions so I decided to have an afternoon nap with Chai. He had other ideas. FFS.

He flatly refused to go to sleep. First he wanted to sleep in our bed, then he wanted a car to cuddle, then he got himself all worked up and was really upset (cause he was so tired). FFS.

I finally calmed him down and we slept for two and a half hours. Not FFS.

This house is turning into an absolute nightmare. FFS.

Yesterday I got a phone call from our property manager who told us that if the house doesn't sell soon the bank will repossess it and if that happens we will get 30 days notice to move. FFS.

The owner is willing to let us out of the lease and pay some of our moving costs and our property manager has a nice house in the same suburb that we can move into. We went past that house yesterday and it looks lovely. Not FFS.

The timing of this couldn't be worse. The thought of having to pack, move and unpack all over again, when I'm due to give birth in 6 weeks, is way more than I can deal with. FFS.

So we have no idea what to do. FFS.

Either we put in an offer, we hope that someone buys the house or we move. FFS.

The risk we take if we don't put in an offer or move is the house being repossessed and us having to move within 30 days just after I've had the baby. FFS.

I truly don't think I could deal with having to pack and unpack the whole house again. FFS.

I actually have more whinges but this post is long enough so I'll save them for next week.

Now that you've read my whinges, head over to Sarah's blog and see what everyone else is whinging about.

Dear Baby G

Monday, 1 July 2013

June Empties

Another month, another pile of empties. This month started out really well, I finished three products on the first of June! Then everything slowed down and I didn't finish many products which is a bit disappointing. 

I also have a few tosses this month. I'm getting ruthless with my products, I'll use them a few times and if I don't like them they either go in my giveaway pile or they get tossed. It's time I started getting serious about drastically reducing the size of my stash. 
 Swisspers Naturals Green Tea Calming Facial Cleansing Wipes - I bought a whole pile of wipes when Priceline had a sale on. These ones are lovely, nearly as good as my hg WotNot wipes. I'll definitely buy them again.

Sukin Nourishing Lip Treatment - This is amazing. It's one of my all time favourite lip balms. When I finished my tube I was so tempted to go out and buy another one, but I managed to resist as I have a lot of other balms I need to use up first. Having said that, I now keep on swapping the balm I'm using because they aren't as good as my Sukin balm.

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - Love, love, love this. It smells so nice. I haven't repurchased but will next time I'm near a Lush store. 

MMS Purity Parfum - I have no idea what scent this was, but it was a lovely, fresh citrus scent. I've got a whole pile of MMS perfumes that I've had for ages so I'm slowly using them up before they go off. 

Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream - My holy grail baby bum balm. I've tried lots of different nappy rash creams and this is by far my favourite. It's very gentle on irritated skin, has a light, pleasant fragrance and heals nappy rash with only one or two applications.

V05 Moisture Soak Conditioner - This was nice but didn't wow me. I won't purchase it purely because it cannot possibly compare to my all time favourite Original and Mineral conditioner. 

Guerlain L'Or - Meh. This is a radiance concentrate with pure gold. I didn't find that it did anything for me.

Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion - I got this sample when I ordered a perfume from Lush. It's a very nice lotion that I'd consider buying if I didn't already have a whole pile of body lotions to finish.
Ardell Clear Brow Gel - My holy grail brow gel.

Covergirl Lashblast Fusion - Another great mascara from Covergirl, they really do a good job with their mascara's. This made my lashes look really long and lush, I loved it. 

Clearasil Vitamins and Extracts Daily Wash - This seemed quite nice but it's very difficult to say after only one use. 

And now onto some products that I'm throwing out. 

Nude by Nature Magic Mineral Mascara - I'm tossing this because it smudges on me. It's very rare for a mascara to smudge on me, but every time I used this I'd end up with dark mascara smudges under my eyes by the afternoon. Not a good look.

Ella Dean The Girl in There Lipbalm and Juice Beauty Lip Plumper - I didn't particularly like these so didn't use them much and they went off.

Ren Biomimetic Perfect Lip Honey - I don't like the smell of this and it doesn't feel very hydrating, so out it goes.